Mumbai gang-rape: Press Council panel begins work

The inquiry committee appointed by the Press Council of India to look into the facts of the gang rape of a 23-year-old photojournalist here, today held talks with Home Minister R R Patil and police commissioner Satyapal Singh.

Updated: Aug 24, 2013, 21:04 PM IST

Mumbai: The inquiry committee appointed by the Press Council of India to look into the facts of the gang rape of a 23-year-old photojournalist here, today held talks with Home Minister R R Patil and police commissioner Satyapal Singh.

PCI chairperson Justice Markandey Katju appointed Rajeev Sabade to inquire into the facts of the case, the version of the Maharashtra government, journalists and asked him to submit a report at the earliest.

"Sabade held talks with Patil and Singh," said a statement by the Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh, from where he is operating.

Any organisation or individual wishing to submit information or memorandum to the panel could do so during regular office hours, the statement said.

The intern with an English magazine was gang raped by five men on Thursday evening when she and her male colleague had gone to the deserted Shakti Mills compound in Lower Parel on an assignment.

The incident triggered outrage across the country and was condemned as despicable and shameful stirring memories of a similar attack on a paramedic last December in New Delhi that led to nationwide protests.

Political parties, media associations and Bollywood have joined the common people in demanding harshest punishment to the culprits of the crime in a city which is seen as safe for women.

PTI